Nigeria is safe to visitors, says Jonathan

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President Nicholas Sarkozy

President Nicholas Sarkozy

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the visit of the French Foreign Minister, Mr. Alain Juppe, to Kano last Saturday, as well as the trip of outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jean-Michel Dumond, to Kebbi and Sokoto states, has proved that Nigeria is safe to visitors.

The President spoke in Abuja during a welfare visit by Dumond to the State House.

He said: “Your visits to Kebbi and Sokoto states, after the French Foreign Minister visited Kano, all in the North of Nigeria, confirm that the country is safe to visit.”

The President recalled that the French Prime Minister visited the Niger Delta in 2009, when other nationals were reluctant to visit the region.

Dr Jonathan praised French President Nicolas Sarkozy for his assistance to Nigeria and Africa have enjoyed from France, especially on the restoration of peace and democracy in Cote d’Ivoire, Niger Republic, Guinea and Liberia.

The President yesterday warned criminals to either change or prepare to face the wrath of the law.

He urged security agencies to go after promoters of terror and other anti-social activities and bring them to justice.

Dr Jonathan noted that the nation’s justice system needs to be reformed. 

The President said the nation should focus on human rights and address areas of abuse.

He spoke at the inauguration of the reconstituted Presidential Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, headed by the Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN).

The committee is coming three years after the expiration of the former committee, whose tenure expired in 2009. 

Jonathan said: “Let me seize this opportunity to reassure the nation that I have initiated a very rapid and robust process to enhance the capacity of our security forces to protect life and property. Even as our nation overcame past security scares, I am confident in the ability of our security agencies to overcome the present ones as well. 

“We are resolute in our charge to the security agencies to go after all promoters of terror and other anti-social activities in the country and bring them to book.

“If you undermine the state, be prepared to face the full wrath of the law.

“Our review of processes and institutional reforms are, indeed designed to strengthen and realign all the instruments and agencies of crime prevention, interdiction and punishment. My administration will not rest on its oars until the spirit of the law runs across the land. We promise to deliver swift and certain justice for criminal elements.”


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